Thought disorders are complicated mental health conditions and include schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and psychosis. They may cause an individual to lose touch with reality and experience bizarre thinking, seeing things that are not there and mood swings.

Symptoms of schizophrenia characterize a schizoaffective disorder primarily, in which the exact cause is not known but it is thought to be triggered by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Schizoaffective disorder can be debilitating and more than one-third of individuals with the condition will attempt suicide during their lifetime. Individuals with schizoaffective disorder will experience hallucinations, delusions, and extreme feelings of paranoia. Left untreated, the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder will worsen over time, and the individual may not be able to function in a job or at home.

Signs and Symptoms of Thought Disorders

  • Visual/Auditory hallucinations
  • Incoherence
  • Disorders of movement
  • Diminished interaction with others
  • Monotonous voice
  • Low energy
  • Increased energy
  • Restlessness
  • Poor judgment/insight
  • Increased/decreased sex drive
  • Euphoria
  • Grandiose thinking
  • Inappropriate humor
  • Extreme irritability
  • Disjointed thinking
  • Paranoia
  • Reckless behavior
  • Hopelessness
  • Delusions
  • Emotional flatness
  • Staring into space
  • Paranoia
  • Lack of facial expressiveness
  • Social isolation
  • Unusual motor behavior (rocking, pacing)
  • Racing thoughts
  • Rapid speech
  • Poor concentration
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Over-intellectual thinking
  • Inappropriate guilt
  • Extreme religious actions
  • Depression
  • Feeling worthless

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have thought disorders, please contact Lifeskills. Call us today at 844-749-1560.

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